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Monday, April 2, 2018

Blog-n-Readathon...April 3. Get ready.

Tomorrow I am conducting my very own Blog-n-Readathon. I plan to spend the whole day either reading or catching up on my blogging goals.

What I hope to read (all or some):

  • Facing Frederick: The Life of Frederick Douglass by Tonya Bolden...I am currently 60% finished with the book and hope to complete it.
  • Devotions by Mary Oliver...This is a tome of a poetry book. I will be happy to read a few more pages. I am currently at 32% and would be happy if I get to 40% or so. One needn't read a poetry book fast. I want to relish the poems I do read. So no hurry on this one.
  • Manhattan Beach by Jennifer Egan...I just started this audiobook yesterday and I have over 14 hours of listening ahead of me on this one. I will listen to this while I exercise and my goal is to complete at least an hour of it.
  • Chasing King's Killer: The Hunt for Martin Luther King, Jr.'s Assassin by James Swanson...this week marks the fiftieth anniversary of the assassination of MLK. I've had this book checked out from the library for the past three weeks and I haven't cracked it open. Tomorrow I hope to read the whole thing.
  • The Land of Permanent Goodbyes  by Atia Abawi...another library book I have in my possession which I haven't started. Will I have time to start it tomorrow?
  • Russian Roulette: The Inside Story of Putin's War on America and the Election of Donald Trump by Michael Isikoff and David Corn...I put myself in line to get this book from the library as soon as it was published a few weeks ago. The library just notified me that it is my turn. I'll pick the book up today and hope to at least peek at it tomorrow, but I have to pick it up from the library first.
  • The Wizard of Earthsea by Ursula LeGuin...When this famous author died two months ago I determined that I should read something by her. I placed a hold on the first book in one of her leading series, The Earthsea Cycle, and I was just notified the the e-book has been checked out to me automatically. I hope to at least get this one downloaded to my Kindle. Whether I start it is doubtful looking at the list of books ahead of it.
Blogging goals:
  • I just looked over the list of books I've read so far in 2018. There are six books I haven't reviewed that I still hope/want to. 
    • Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng---we just had our book club discussion on this book on Wednesday and I want to review it before my thoughts fade. This is my prime blogging objective tomorrow.
    • Ready Player One by Ernest Cline---I just finished re-listening to this audiobook. I want to dig up my original review and add a few notes based on my current thoughts and republish it.
    • Emma: A Modern Retelling and Pride and Prejudice: a Modern Retelling---both books were part of the Austen Project, written by modern authors. I think I'd like to explore the project's goals and plans and write about that, while including a few notes of review about the two books I have read from it.
    • Dear Fahrenheit 451: Love and Heartbreak in the Stacks by Annie Spence---I listened to this audiobook and decided I needed to wait to get my hands on the print edition before I could write my review. I am currently 25th in line at the library. Don't expect anything about this book from my efforts tomorrow.
    • Caleb's Crossing by Geraldine Brooks---I have fairly complicated feelings about this book and find myself at a loss for where I would start on a review of it. With enough time, perhaps tomorrow will give me a chance to start the process of putting those thoughts down in words. Unlikely you will see any of them soon, however.
What I will and won't do tomorrow:
  • I will read and blog.
  • I won't update you on my progress throughout the day.
  • I will do a final blog post which highlights my progress on my goals.
  • I won't feel guilty if I don't get as much done as I have outlined here. I recognize I have an impossibly high list of goals to accomplish.
  • I will congratulate myself on what I do get done.
Join me?
  • Want to spend a day reading and blogging for yourself, no one else?
  • It's easy. Pick a day. Make an original blog post, like mine. Let me know the date you pick by leaving a note in the comments below and I will hop over and give you a word of encouragement.



  1. What a great idea!! Your own personal blog & readathon - I love it. I need that, too...but this week, I have a bunch of freelance assignments due - well they are due soon, and we hope to go on vacation in a couple of weeks, so I am trying to get things done a bit ahead.

    Good luck & have fun!!

    Book By Book

    P.S. Our whole family can't wait to see Ready Player One at the movies!!

  2. Do your own Blog-n-Readathon whenever you want to and when your schedule allows the time!

  3. I love that you are doing a personal read and blog marathon and you've got some lofty goals. But, I'm glad you're also okay with whatever happens! Enjoy the day and I look forward to reading about your progress!


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